For the most part, marijuana has been accepted by the majority of Americans, with more than half of the U.S. legalizing the plant in some form. However, the National Football League, particularly Roger Goodell, wants to keep cannabis away from professional football, at least for now.
During an interview on ESPN’s Mike and Mike show, Goodell indicated that the NFL will not be changing its stance on marijuana for the time being. According to the league’s commissioner, cannabis is “addictive” and using comes with damaging consequences.
“There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that might not be healthy for players long term. It’s not as simple as someone just wants to feel better after a game,” said Goodell, cited by CBS Sports. “We really want to help our players… but I want to make sure the negative consequences aren’t something that we’ll be held accountable for years down the road.”